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Saturday, August 17, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President sends congratulations to Isabel II, Queen of Spain, on birth of Infanta. Abraham Lincoln to Isabel II, 17 August 1861, CW, 4:490.

Orders commission for S. B. Buckner as brigadier general of volunteers. [Declined; accepted commission in Confederate Army.] Abraham Lincoln to Simon Cameron, 17 August 1861, CW, 4:489.

Writes Sec. Cameron: "Let Henry Wager Halleck, of California, be appointed a Major General in the Regular Army. I make this appointment on Gen. Scott's recommendation." Abraham Lincoln to Simon Cameron, 17 August 1861, CW, 4:489.

Witnesses exhibition of J. D. Mills' gun [dubbed by Lincoln "coffee mill gun"] near Washington Monument and advises government to pay double sum mechanics say it is worth if delivered in 30 days. DNA—RG 217, Accounting Off., Second Auditor's Off., Account No. 2703.

[Purchases 2 chamois for 75¢ each. Lutz Account Book.

Irwin withdraws $1 from Springfield Marine Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 176.]